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PNG in the News
Rudd urged to visit PNG to rescue asylum-seeker deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a0fb34
Rudd rejects PNG visit for asylum deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?745015
Visits to Grand Chief Somare Banned -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20273
Father's nightmare wait to take daughter's body home to PNG -- http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/06/09/168491_local-news.html
B'ville women call for war relics clean-up -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110603/news09.htm
Port Moresby urbanisation project gets go ahead -- http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=7052
Aussie miner eyes PNG projects -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19985
Using plastic as condoms -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110614/news07.htm
Corpse found in a/g PM's yard -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20272
New Ireland raises renewed concern at impact of sea dumping of mine tailings -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61166
Neo-Colonialism in the Torres Strait -- http://giaman.com/pg/?218a9e
Port Moresby Show, Moitaka Showgrounds, 1983 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wg98xP8pj0
Air Niugini F100 taxing to Brisbane -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/5796283506
PNG Map -- http://giaman.com/pg/?10aad1
SP Musik Festival in Pictures -- http://skerah.com/gallery.php?id=131
PNG Flag -- http://giaman.com/pg/?051a95
Fidelma Wangesa carries wood and water -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2f333b
Alotau, 2007 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bc8488
LNG Watch -- http://lngwatchpng.blogspot.com
Compound Mayhem -- http://compoundmayhem.blogspot.com
Posey's Path -- http://poseyspath.blogspot.com
Bulolo Live -- http://bulololive.blogspot.com
The Papuan Villager -- http://www.the-papuan-villager.de
Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea
PNG in Canberra -- http://www.pngcanberra.org
AFL PNG -- http://www.afl-png.com
PNG Real Estate -- http://pngrealestate.skerah.com
PNG Industry News -- http://www.pngindustrynews.net
PNG History Dying
Dr Jonathan Ritchie, from the Alfred Deakin Research Institute in Melbourne believes somebody should be collecting the stories of Papua New Guineans involved in the independence era. Many of the people involved have already died.
Rising Sea Levels
Whal Island in Manus province continues to be threatened by rising sea levels. Members of the community from Whal Island, especially mothers, appealed to the provincial and national governments to help them fight the adverse effects of climate change.
Queen's Birthday Honours
Former minister of state, senior public servant, diplomat and secretary-general of the Pacific Forum, Noel Levi has been awarded a knight bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Ninety-three other people were also recognised in this year's honours list announced recently by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio.
OTML Loses Millions
The Ok Tedi Mining company (OTML), operating in Western province, has been reported as losing K14 million a day in production due to a ruptured of waste pipeline that carries pyrite concentrate.
Walk Against Corruption
Over 2,400 anti-corruption campaigners walked the streets of Port Moresby in Transparency's International PNG "Walk Against Corruption". Common slogans on placards seen during the walk were "vote out corruption, don't support it; report it".
Officials from Madang would like to develop Madang along the same lines as the former military base Subic in the Philippines. Deeply impressed with what they saw in Subic, Madang officials noted that the Subic Bay Freeport could serve as a model for a special economic zone that they are planning to create in the province.
Women's Bowls Suspended
Last month the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (PNGSFOC) had to suspend the PNG Women's Bowls Association for 60 days. It is understood that at the association's special general meeting (SGM) on the 31st of October, unauthorised persons purporting to represent member associations attended and voted.
Lax Labour Laws Blamed
A brutal murder in PNG has been linked to work conditions complaints. Police and Labour and Employment officers have cited complaints related to pay as the reason why the Chinese nationals were attacked and killed.
The World Bank in conjunction with the national government has signed a US$43 million agreement to fund the rehabilitation of selected national and provincial roads in PNG. PNG will provide US$10 million as counterpart funding. Ten provinces will be covered under the programme - Central, Gulf, Western, East and West New Britain, Manus, Oro, Morobe, Madang and Milne Bay. Work will start on the Hiritano Highway in Central and the Kerema-Malalaua Highway in Gulf.
Mobile Fone Concerns
Concerns have been raised in PNG about social issues with mobile phones and the Internet. Archbishop Douglas Young from the Mt Hagen Catholic Archdiocese says he sees both the good and bad impacts of these technologies every day.
The manager of the Post PNG Philatelic Bureau -- http://www.postpng.com.pg/philatelic.htm -- has said most of the stamps from PNG were collectors' items in demand around the world. The sale of stamps to collectors is a good form of income for Post PNG. From 2007 the bureau has made close to K1.3 million.
Cabinet Members Sacked
The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has dismissed Foreign Minister Don Polye and Petroleum Minister William Duma from Cabinet.
Abal: Sacking is now official -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20063
Polye, Duma deny sacking -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20062
Wenge speaks out in support of acting PM -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20227
Polye told to accept sacking -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110614/news06.htm
Jiwaka Sports News
Jiwaka province has sets it sights on attending the next PNG Games. Jiwaka will send its own contingent to participate in the 2011 PNG Games in Kokopo, East New Britain province.
Arthur Somare Must Face Tribunal
The National Court has announced Public Enterprise Minister Arthur Somare must face a corruption tribunal. Somare is charged with misusing district support grants that are administered through MPs, and with failing to submit several years of returns, as did his father. He battled for five years to prevent a leadership tribunal being established to hear his case.
National Sports Institute Fire
A grandstand, built in the 1960's at the National Sports Institute, in Goroka, Eastern Highlands has been burnt to the ground. The blaze jumped to a nearby round-house dormitory about 5 metres away where students from the Solomon Islands, studying at the University of Goroka, were living.
Writs have been issued for the Kundiawa Gembogle by-election. Tangil Okuk, son of the late Sir Iambakey Okuk is expected to nominate as a National Party candidate. Other high profile candidates are expected to nominate.
High Arctic Contract
High Arctic -- http://www.haes.ca -- has been awarded its largest contract to date to supply rig matting and related support services for the drilling program of a major operator in PNG.
World Vision and the Australia-New Zealand Bank (ANZ) have signed an agreement to provide a simple water filtration system to disadvantaged communities in and around Port Moresby. The partnership allows for World Vision to train ANZ Bank staff in basic hygiene and sanitation awareness programmes so they can use their volunteer leave to help communities and become accredited World Vision volunteers.
$11m for HIV Prevention
The Australian Government is providing AU$11 million to help stop mothers in PNG passing HIV to their babies. Overall, Australia funds 60 per cent of the country's response to the disease. PNG has the second-worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region behind Thailand.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has presented computers, mapping equipment and stationery supplies to help with the coming national census. This is the second year that the UNFPA has delivered equipment costing more than K200,000 to support the 2011 National Population and Housing Census.
Boram Airport Closed
Air Niugini had to suspend flights to Wewak's Boram airport recently after a fight between local people and a resident outside the airport spilled over into the airport area with locals throwing rocks and others missiles such as bottles onto the runway. The rocks were a safety risk to aircraft and passengers.
Four suspects have been detained over the Bautama killings outside Port Moresby two weeks ago. The suspects have been charged with wilful and attempted murder respectively and were detained at Boroko police station.
Mt Diamond school set to resume classes -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20054
Judge Castigates Politicians
A former judge of the National and Supreme Courts says politicians aren't acting in accordance with the constitution. Lawyer Nemo Yalo says there aren't the check and balances within parliament and members don't mind taking advantage of that.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
The Shark callers of Kontu (1982) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTbyViHY3Ls
Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July
National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July
Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8b315c
Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011
Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July
National Book Week -- 1st to 5th of August
Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August
Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f0b247
Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.
Kokoda Challenge -- 27th of August
2011 Garamut Festival in Wewak -- 2nd & 3rd of September
Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110426/hpost02.htm -- and -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/viewservices/News.aspx?Pop=1&rqEventID=58
Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October
Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain
Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
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